Module Identifier TF31920  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Mikel Koven  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite TF10320  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
Assessment Semester Assessment   One in-class, timed assignment   40%  
  Essay   2,500 words   60%  


- to develop a cache of analytical terms which film-makers utilise in order for their films to make cognitive sense, including image, mise-en-scene, editing, the star system, genre, and sound
- to begin to develop a critical awareness of some of the theories that film-makers avail themselves of in order for their films to make cognitive sense.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
- command the basic terminology of film studies in terms of how films are put together in order for meaning to be created;
- generate theoretical applications of some basic film theories which film-makers use in order to intentionally create meaning in their films.


Lecture/seminar topics include considerations of `the shot?, mise-en-scene, sound, semiotics, montage, genre, gender, worldview, and phenomenology.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Bordwell and Thompson. (1985) Film Art: An Introduction. Routledge
Steve Blandford et al. (2000) The Film Studies Dictionary. Arnold
** Recommended Background
Pam Cook and Mieke Bernink eds.. (1999) The Cinema Book. 2nd Edition. BFI
Robert Stam and Toby Miller eds.. (2000) Film and Theory: An Anthology. Blackwell
Robert Stam. (2000) Film Theory: An Introduction.. Blackwell
Each lecture requires students to have read assigned chapters from:.
La belle et la bete (France, 1948, Jean Cocteau), The Company of Wolves (UK, 1984, Neil Jordan), The Jazz Singer (USA,1927, Alan Crosland), Dazed and Confused (USA, 1993, Richard Linklater),.
The Joy Luck Club (USA, 1993, Wayne Wang), The Killer (Hong Kong, 1989, John Woo), Hard Boiled (Hong Kong, 1992, John Woo), From Dusk Till Dawn (USA, 1995, Robert Rodriguez), Scream (USA, 1995, Wes Craven)..
Stagecoach (USA, 1939, John Ford), October (USSR, 1927, Sergei Eisenstein), Battleship Potemkin (USSR, 1925, Sergei Eisenstein), The Bride of Frankenstein (USA, 1935, James Whale), Poltergeist (USA, 1982, Tobe Hooper), Blue Steel (USA, 1990, Kathryn Bigelow),.
and/or assigned sections from.